It’s safe to say that for a lot of individuals, 2020 hasn’t been economically positive. The very same can’t be stated for those discovering success worldwide of esports-barely halfway into the year, its leading gamers seem making sufficient money to construct Scrooge McDuck-style coin-filled pool on their large estates. Or in their moms and dads’ houses, offered how old a few of them are.

Research carried out by Seattle-based esports bookie Unikrn has discovered simply just how much the world’s leading 25 gamers have actually won in tournament prize money given that the start of 2020. And offered how the lockdown has caused a boom in esports’ viewership, we can just presume this cashflow will continue to grow.

Up to this point, 2020 has seen the cash prize pot struck $32.5 million. While this fades in comparison to the overall prize swimming pool of $227 million in 2019 as a whole, the cancellation and postponement of countless events-plus a busy end-of-year calendar-has pushed big-money rewards back to later on in the 2020, or will roll over to create a bumper 2021 pot.

The highest-earning player of 2020 so far is Brazil’s Paulo Damo Da Rosa, A.K.A. PVDDR, who won huge at Magic: The Event Arena’s Magic World Champion XXVI in February. One swelling amount put him well ahead of the field.

Meanwhile, the greatest team win came for the five-strong Spacestation Video gaming unit playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege; the team’s victories in Pro League Season 11 and the 6 Invitational 2020 made players Bosco, Fultz, Canadian, Rampy and Thinkingnade $210,000 apiece, putting them all in the leading ten.

The youngest weapons in the leading 25 are Wolfiez, Furious and JannisZ. At a combined age of 47, the trio placed in the top 16 for success in-gasp-Fortnite. Wolfiez, A.K.A. 16-year-old Jaden Ashman of the U.K., took $130,000 for a set of second-place surfaces in both European FNCS Invitationals. The youngest top-25 player, JannisZ, 15, from Germany, won one competition, while 16-year-old U.S. gamer Furious got $121,500 for controling the FNCS Grand Finals in The United States And Canada.

If you believe League of Legends was a kingmaker in the last payment table, you ‘d be wrong-the game is missing from the leading 25. A lot more shockingly, Chess24 made 2 appearances: Hikaru Nakamura and grandmaster Magnus Carlsen have declared over $100,000 of esports cash each in 2020.

While esports’ top-earning country is the U.S. ($ 6 million throughout 1,870 gamers) the best-performing nation on a per-player basis is Jordan. And regardless of the highest-earning esports player of all time being absent from the 2020 list-Denmark’s Johan Sundstein, the Dota 2 legend-his fellow compatriots preserve the Scandinavian country’s esports profile in another game. Five Danish gamers (Asger Larsen, Lucas Andersen, Frederik Gyldstrand, Rasmus Beck and Fredrik Jørgensen) make the leading 25 for their triumphes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Ryan Jurado, esports expert at Unikrn, said: “As remarkable as the prize revenues remain in esports, they’re simply the suggestion of the iceberg. In truth, countless gamers worldwide make extra earnings by building their brand and fanbases with non-competition activities such as gaming streams, earn earnings with sponsorship deals, and receive a salary to play as part of an organized group.”

He’s not incorrect: the revenues listed below do not consist of sponsorships, bonus offers, or wages; a few of these, integrated, are believed to offer specific players $500,000 per year each.